We went back to Merritt Island Saturday. The water is down considerably. We could definitely use some rain. Lots of rain. Even with the water table as low as it is, there was still wildlife to be seen. We even saw a bobcat this time.
I want to give a shoutout to Jim Messer. He was able to get me on the sidelines for the Jaguars vs. the Eagles game last week. It was a really a great time and an experience I’ll never forget. We were able to shoot the game from the sidelines and attend both press conferences. Oh… there were free chilidogs for the photogs at halftime. However, I’d recommend skipping those if you’re flying early the next morning. Thanks again Jim.
It’s been awhile since I’ve been. There are some obvious changes. But, there are other things that will never change. It’s always good to visit.
This summer my wife and I took our kids on their first camping trip. We went to Gamble Rodgers State Recreation Area just south of St. Augustine, Florida. The campsites sit atop the dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The kids woke well before the sun rose. Wanting to allow my wife to get a little more rest, I took the kids down to the beach to watch the sun rise. It was a beautiful sunrise. One I will never forget.
I’m not originally from the state of Florida. A couple of years ago my mother requested I bring my wife and children to meet her half way so she would be able to see her grandchildren for Christmas. I agreed and the location she selected was in a small town in northern Georgia called Helen. It’s an neat little German-themed village that happens to be in edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. After arriving we were looking for something for everyone to do. I searched online for any parks where nearby and found Unicoi State Park. After a little arm twisting I was able to convince everyone to go for a short hike. Unicoi SP is the site of Anna Ruby Falls. I’d never heard of the falls. But, we walked up the steep hill in order to see them. And wow. It was a tremendous suprise. It was a foggy day and the falls were very impressive. I think it made a memorable trip for everyone involved. Should you ever find yourself in Northern Georgia looking for something to do, Unicoi just might fit the bill.
It was one of those nights at work. You know what I mean. Not a bad night. It was just really intense. I had my camerabag with me and I broke away from it all for a few minutes. I jumped in my trusty Suby and headed downtown to the river. I spent a half hour in the viewfinder. (Unfortunately, my blackberry isn’t smart enough to know I was trying to get away.) But, let me just say, it didn’t really matter. It was great to spend a few minutes in the fresh air near the river. There were shorebirds fishing and the night air was clean and cool. I went back into the office and all was well.
Who knew Florida had caverns? My family and I venture out to some of our Florida State Parks regularly. I never even thought to look for caverns here. But, we had a great time the other day touring the caverns at Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna, Florida.
The crowds have been small at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens due to the recent heatwave. I took my new glass for a test drive last week.